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Bestproduct through a european network on environmental engineering (ee) sciences and technologies

Environmental engineering experts carry out research and test the interaction between a product and its environment. By merging the knowledge of experts and the technical capabilities at the centres, there should be an increase in know-how and the eventual production of best products.

Product testing, generally known as environmental engineering (EE), started mainly after the Second World War. The purpose of the testing was to obtain a good product. Until the end of the century testing evolved mainly in order to produce a better product and only characteristics directly linked to the technical and economical aspects of the product were examined. Nowadays it is the objective of EE to help the designer and the manufacturer in producing the 'BEST' product taking into account all aspects 'from cradle to grave' related to it and its production process, not only technical, economical and financial, but also human aspects (health and safety, etc.) and ecological aspects (waste, energy, recycling, sustainability). So today, EE experts are working on the interaction between a product and its environment, focusing on the effects of environmental influences during the entire life-cycle of a product, its components and its materials, with special emphasis on their functional behaviour, quality, service life, reliability and safety affected by e.g. stress, fatigue, ageing, wear, corrosion, degradation, deterioration and failure, and the related disappointment of customers. This includes adverse effects on the quality of the environment such as the related pollution emissions, the unnecessary production of waste, the usability of recovered materials and products, and the sustainable use of resources and energy. A product that provides an optimised harmony with its environment, serves market needs as well as ecological requirements. As said above, several EE experts across Europe are working hard in numerous research and test centres to simulate various environmental influences in an appropriate manner, but the scattering of the knowledge, the squander of intellectual energy and the spread of the means are of such a nature that the overall effectiveness could be highly improved. Indeed, a remarkable amount of individual expert knowledge has been built up in the past and huge amounts of money have been invested in test facilities, however little of it is available for systematic research studies because it is not known about. In conclusion there is an urgent need to merge the knowledge of highly qualified specialists and technical capabilities all over Europe into a network and to use that expertise for the production of consumer products, with the final aim of obtaining the 'best product'. The European BESTPRODUCT-TENEEST network is looking towards the long-term integration of experts and is mainly based on: organisational solutions, communication pathways, joined research activities, and implementation strategies. Integration effort starts with building on the already existing connections between experts. In this field the main organisation is the CONFEDERATION OF EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SOCIETIES (CEEES) formed by several national technical expert associations. CEEES provides a basis for developing mutual contacts and cooperation as part of a European network. The activities planned by the network include: - Integration activities: identification of resources, skills, capabilities in Europe; joint workshops to establish joint research activities; analysis of the state-of-the-art in each European country; expansion of the network by including experts of other economic sectors; establishment of a management structure including administrative solutions. - Joint research activities are: identification of common research interests; drawing up a draft work programme; peer review of specific research tasks; joint research centres and industry co-operation schedule; joint submission of research proposals to international funding sources. - Dissemination of knowledge and exploitation based on the public relation work carried out by the network including: education, training on the job; conferences, workshops; publication of literature on Internet based systems; co-operation with universities; qualification and certification of experts. - Drafting guidelines and handbooks and taking part in standardisation activities. - Establishing functional links with similar networks outside Europe. The exploitation shall mainly be the responsibility of the industrial partners, especially the supplier companies and SMEs to be included in the implementation process. Producers of EE equipment have a key interest in stimulating the application-oriented use of the network. Seminars, handbooks CDs (Compact Disks) and web-based training are suitable for sustainable product development. Keywords: sustainable products, testing, lifetime prediction.
Acronym: 
BESTPRODUCT-TENEEST
Project ID: 
3 517
Start date: 
01-04-2005
Project Duration: 
79months
Project costs: 
1 200 000.00€
Technological Area: 
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT
Market Area: 
Environment

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